The Tennessee Titans and free agent WR, Nate Washington have agreed to terms according to the Tennessean. A press conference is scheduled for 5 pm to make the announcement.
While Washington was the third receiver in Pittsburgh, behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes, Washington was highly regarded as one of the top receivers on the market.
The signing of Washington represents an upgrade for the Titans at the position, and also fills the recently vacated spot of Brandon Jones who just signed with the 49ers.
UPDATE: ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky is reporting that the Titans have also come to terms with DT Jovan Haye, helping shore up the loss of Albert Haynesworth. Kuharsky also noted the terms of the contracts: Washington will receive six years and $27 million, with $9 million guaranteed, and Haye is getting a four-year deal worth $16.2 million.
The Titans have also been informed by punter Craig Hentrich that he will return for his 16th NFL season. He was initially leaning towards retirement, citing lingering back issues, but has apparently changed course and will play at least one more year. Another bit of good news in a day full of it for Titans fans.
At first glance I like what I see. Washington gives Kerry Collins a legitimate deep threat, and (Vandy alum) Haye will help an interior line with more talent than most people probably realize. The pieces are starting to fall into place for this team after a quiet (and disappointing) start to free agency. Now if they can find a way to bring Chris Carr, Chris Simms and Daniel Loper back and possibly look at a another defensive lineman, this team will be ready to go, with six picks to stockpile for the future with in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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